Imaging on the Move
Here at EVR we provide a fully-mobile diagnostic service allowing us to perform a large number of medical and lameness investigations in the convenience of you own premises. This also has the advantage that very lame or sick horses can be assessed on-site, reducing the risk of additional stress or injury that may be caused by transportation.
This equipment provides us with high-quality images enabling us to decide on the best possible course of treatment for your horse:
In the adult horse our digital X-ray unit allows us to assess the limbs, head, neck and spinous processes. In foals we are also able to image the chest and abdomen.
This is used to assess a wide range of conditions including upper respiratory tract problems (nose, throat, guttural pouches) and reproductive problems (video hysteroscopy to image the lining of the uterus). It also enables us to collect biopsies from specific areas of interest.
Dynamic (over-ground) endoscopy:
There are several conditions of the upper respiratory tract that cause horses to make a respiratory noise of that cause poor performance that are identifiable only when the horses is at exercise. Over-ground endoscopy allows us to visualise and record the video of the pharynx and larynx whilst the horse is exercising and has become an invaluable aid in the diagnosis of subtle changes in performance caused by the respiratory tract operating at a suboptimal level.
Gastric ulcers are common in horses, with prevalence estimated at 25-50% in foals and 60-90% in adult horses, depending on age, performance use and temperament. Clinical signs range from colic, reduced appetite, weight loss, grinding of teeth and excess salivation to dullness, poor performance, and failure to thrive. Definitive diagnosis can only be made using a long (3m+) endoscope. Treatment is costly and therefore obtaining a diagnosis is important.
Ultrasonography is used for a large number of orthopaedic investigations for assessing tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints and some fractures. It is also useful in a number of medical conditions, such as colic, in both the adult horse and in foals.
Ultrasound examinations are also an integral part of reproductive medicine (to monitor reproductive cycles, pregnancy detection, twinning, foetal sex-determination and assessment of foetal and placental health).